Steps being taken in Boston to curb crashes involving pedestrians

In recent months, Boston has seen a spike in car crashes involving pedestrians. [See video interview at link.]

After 2nd duck boat crash this year, a renewed call for change

Brendan Kearney, a spokesman for Walk Boston, a nonprofit that advocates for pedestrian safety, said duck boats are not suitable to urban environments where people are walking, biking, and driving. “I’ve never sat in the driver’s seat of a duck boat, but I’m sure they are very difficult to drive,” he said. “They are vehicles that were meant to storm the beaches of Normandy. They were designed to do a very different thing than they are used for today.”

Striking Level of Carnage

"It's a small staff in the planning department with these large tasks ahead of them and these wonderful, audacious goals that are bold and would make the city a better, livable place, but I don't think they have the staff or the funding to implement these things," said Brendan Kearney, of WalkBoston, a member of the city's Vision Zero task force.

Transit-Walkability Collaborative Established

America Walks announced today the formation of the Transit-Walkability Collaborative, whose purpose is to expand safe, healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities by harnessing the synergy between walkability and quality public transit service. The Transit-Walkability Collaborative consists of national, state-level, and local leaders in the walkability and public transit advocacy movements who recognize the synergies between these two transportation modes and the benefits of collaboration.

Neighborhood Slow Streets - informal, unofficial info session

UPDATE 2/23: Due to a great response, we've had to shift the venue for the WalkBoston "Neighborhood Slow Streets - informal, unofficial info session" on Monday, February 27 at 6:30 PM. Thank you DLA Piper (and one of our board members) for offering to provide a conference room!
DLA Piper is located at 33 Arch Street in Downtown Crossing, a 4min walk from the original meeting spot at the WalkBoston office. (Directions here).

Pricier Boston Parking Meters Should Be Just the Beginning

The City of Boston recently rolled out a performance parking initiative that includes flexible parking meter pricing in the Seaport and Back Bay. Prices will be lower on streets that consistently have availability, while the meter price will be higher on streets that are often filled. You may be able to park a little further away to save a few quarters, which frees up a spot closer for someone who needs it – or doesn't mind paying a little more. Kudos to Mayor Walsh. The city is on the right track with a pilot project like this one. Boston is home to an innovation economy.

New South Boston zoning could mean more parking and slow down development

“They should be reducing these parking minimums,” said Brendan Kearney, communications manager for the pedestrian advocacy group WalkBoston. “The city of Buffalo just removed parking requirements entirely. You don’t think of Buffalo as a paragon of forward urban thinking, but if Buffalo can do it, why not Boston.”

Pedestrian safety hot topic at transportation policy briefing

The Boston City Council Committee on Parks, Recreation and Transportation met last week to hold a transportation policy briefing that focused on pedestrian services and safety. The meeting was focused on decreasing traffic collisions and fatalities involving pedestrians in the city. Wendy Landman, executive director for WalkBoston, said the most critical factor in pedestrian collisions is that of speed.

Annual Celebration

We hope you'll join us for our annual event & celebration - March 29, 2017! 

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